Norwegian author Maja Lunde’s dystopian tale The History of Bees was the top-selling fiction title in Germany in July, the third month in a row it claimed the #1 spot. The book was published in the U.S. this month by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. My Brilliant Friend by Italian author Elena Ferrante jumped to the second spot. Andreas Michalsen’s health guide, Healing with the Power of Nature, topped the German July nonfiction bestseller list.

In Sweden, Ferrante was also a favorite, taking the first and third spots on the fiction bestseller list with The Story of the Lost Child and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, respectively. In between them is Top Dog, the latest standalone thriller by Jens Lapidus. Self-help business book Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson was #1 on the nonfiction list.

In Italy, Paolo Cognetti’s Strega Prize–winning novel The Eight Mountains was the country’s bestselling book in July. It will be published in the U.S. by Atria Books in March 2018. Two mysteries follow on the list: Maurizio De Giovanni’s Swallow Winter at #2 and Andrea Camilleri’s The Safety Net at #3.

Author Yuval Noah Harari had two nonfiction works hit different lists. Sapiens was #2 on the Swedish list, and his follow-up to that book, Homo Deus, was second on the German nonfiction list. Homo Deus was released in the U.S. in February by Harper.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Die Geschichte der Bienen
The History of Bees
Maja Lunde
Heilen mit der Kraft der Natur
Healing with the Power of Nature
Andreas Michalsen
2 Meine geniale Freundin
My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante
Homo Deus
Homo Deus
Yuval Noah Harari
C.H. Beck
3 Und ewig schläft das Pubertier
Teenosaurus Rex: A Survival Handbook for Parents
Jan Weiler
Wunder wirken Wunder
Miracles Work Wonders
Eckart von Hirschhausen

For the week ended July 24; used by arrangement with Buchreport


Combined Fiction and Nonfiction
1 Le otto montagne
The Eight Mountains
Paolo Cognetti
4 La vita in due
Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Sperling & Kupfer
2 Rondini d’inverno
Swallow Winter
Maurizio De Giovanni
5 La strega
The Witch
Camilla Läckberg
3 La rete di protezione
The Safety Net
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
6 Avanti. Perché l’Italia non si ferma
Forward: Because Italy Does Not Stop
Matteo Renzi

For the week ended July 17; used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali de Bestseller


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Det förlorade barnet
The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante
Omgiven av idioter
Surrounded by Idiots
Thomas Erikson
Hoi Förlag
2 Top dogg
Top Dog
Jens Lapidus
Wahlström & Widstrand
Yuval Noah Harari
Natur & Kultur
3 Den som stannar, den som går
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Elena Ferrante
Jättetjocka sudokuboken
The Giant Sudoku Book
Mattias Boström

For the week ended July 17; used by arrangement with Svenska Bokhandel